The other, which sounds very similar, and which Mary may have been thinking of, comes from Hannah, after her prayer begging God to give her a child was answered.Luke 1:46-55(46) And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,(47) And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.(48) For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.(49) For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.(50) And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.(51) He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.(52) He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.(53) He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.(54) He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;(55) As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.
1st Samuel 2:1-10
(1) And Hannah prayed, and said, My heart rejoiceth in the LORD, mine horn is exalted in the LORD: my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies; because I rejoice in thy salvation.
(2) There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God.
(3) Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.
(4) The bows of the mighty men are broken, and they that stumbled are girded with strength.
(5) They that were full have hired out themselves for bread; and they that were hungry ceased: so that the barren hath born seven; and she that hath many children is waxed feeble.
(6) The LORD killeth, and maketh alive: he bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up.
(7) The LORD maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and lifteth up.
(8) He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the LORD'S, and he hath set the world upon them.
(9) He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail.
(10) The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces; out of heaven shall he thunder upon them: the LORD shall judge the ends of the earth; and he shall give strength unto his king, and exalt the horn of his anointed.
Isn't that epic?
God gives grace to the lowly. Sounds very similar to Mary and Hannah's songs of praise, doesn't it? How does that apply to us? Peter quotes this verse, and gives our application of it in his first letter.Proverbs 3:34 Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly.
God gives grace to the lowly or to the "humble," That means if we want grace, we need to humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God and cast all our care upon Him. We need to subject ourselves to one another. If we feel that God is resisting us, we may need to examine our hearts for any vestiges of pride. Because it's clear that God resists the proud.1st Peter 5:5-7(5) Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.(6) Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:(7) Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
James also describes this as a way to deal with conflict in the church and eliminate it...from fightings and quarrelings to favoritism and prejudice. His answer is this verse to combat our own naturally envious and lustful spirit is this verse from Proverbs.
There's a very simple reason that I say this is a sure-fire method for obtaining God's favor, or grace. It's because He promises that He can't resist this spirit.(6) But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.(7) Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.(8) Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.(9) Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.(10) Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
Psalm 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
Psalm 34:15-18 The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry. The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.